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William E. Simmons Lt. Commander - U.S. Navy - 1966-1987


Having a parent who had served in the US military (Navy) for over 30 years would have an influence on a young man. Upon graduation from high school, William Simmons (Bill) pretty much knew what he was going to be doing the next few years. He had listened to his Dad’s advice and stories most of his life. He knew what to look for and what to expect.

After passing the usual tests for entrance into the US Navy, Bill flew from Denver to Chicago. A military bus awaited new recruits who would need a ride to the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. In that the arrival time was late, the new...

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